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    Corona Virus - tenant announcing no payments

    Hi
    I have 2 tenants on AST with a guarantor. One was a student at the point of signing a contract ( stupidly I have not looked at their full bank statement as they have only given me a summary..)
    Is this possible that they ( one or both) are in a receipt of a Housing beneift which covers the amount of rent , amongst other benefits linked to low income/ or unemployment and yet they may stop paying rent using coronavirus as a reason? Your opinions much appreaciated!

    #2
    I think I would be writing to the guarantor. Presumably guarantor has the means to pay the rent, or you would not have accepted them?

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      #3
      Thanks for reply. Guarantor met the affordability criteria at the time. But coming back to my point , is it possible for a tenant to be in receipt of the benefits I have mentioned ( without me knowing) yet, refuse to pay ?

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        #4
        Yes, of course. It happens all the time.

        Though frankly, it sounds very early for anyone not to have a penny left. Sounds like they are taking the Mick to me. Write to the guarantor, (with paper & envelopes).

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          #5
          Yes, Guarantor is the next to tackle . I am sure they have prepared this case as well.
          This is fundamentaly wrong for a goverment to announce rent payment holidays for renters if they are still paying them Housing Benefit to cover the rent !! Surely this should be verified before a payment holiday agreed by a landlord!!! Talking about benefit fraud legalised!

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            #6
            The government hasn't announced rent payment holidays (yet). They can't unless they own the house. These people are ********** but I'm sure there'll be others genuinely unable to pay. There seem to be more employees sent home on unpaid leave.

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              #7
              No detail has been given from the government on when and under what conditions they will pay rent. I can bet it won't be a simple hand out.
              Get on to the Guarantor - I assume they are a property owner? G probably may not know the Tenants have pulled this stunt.



              Freedom at the point of zero............

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                #8
                They do sound like the '' A '' Typical Chancers !!! Lets see what the govt say and go from there.

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                  #9
                  Have the tenants actually said anything, and if so what specifically?
                  When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                  Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                    #10
                    If someone is a student and in receipt of a student loan, then can't claim housing benefit? (I could be wrong). It is unclear, as some colleges have closed, so will people get their student loan payment for the next term?

                    You can repent in leisure.

                    You are going to have to rely on what they tell you (which may be lies). Ask for them for proof. First get your facts straight. They may have a genuine problem or they may be in receipt of benefit and not told you. Or they may be trying it on. The Government has n't stopped housing benefit. They may have spent the rent money on buying dried pasta.



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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Interlaken View Post
                      No detail has been given from the government on when and under what conditions they will pay rent. I can bet it won't be a simple hand out.
                      They have said this, in a roundabout way.

                      If laid off because of Covid 19 then you can claim UC, which includes a Housing Element for rent - but it only pays LHA if it's a private rental.

                      PS. Nobody can make a new claim for Housing Benefit, (except in a few special circumstances).

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                        #12
                        Flashback1966,

                        My son's Uni has closed. Cardiff. Teaching will continue via online lectures etc. Rent will still have to be paid. It's the Student's choice if they come home or not. I'm picking my son up Friday complete with all his kit.

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                          #13
                          My son's uni is still open but lectures are mostly online (Preston), but he has to go into the library to access the site. I'm getting ready to collect him at short notice should I need to. He's in his last year so I'm hoping he can finish the course.

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                            #14
                            Sounds to me like every private tenant has just been given the green light to not pay rent if they wish regardless of their financial situation!

                            looks like we getting shafted by the government yet again 😬

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by patrick27 View Post
                              Sounds to me like every private tenant has just been given the green light to not pay rent if they wish regardless of their financial situation!
                              'Cos you've now got the green light for a 3 month deferred BTL mortgage, are you going to stop paying?
                              Generally, it just means tenants might get another month if they go off the rails.

                              (the perception of rogue tenants who will exploit this is another matter)

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